Earlier this year we were contacted by Gemma Pearce who is raising money for Sea-Changes through a remarkable trek…to Machu Picchu. In August she will set off for Cusco, Peru with Global Adventure Challenges, where she will be taking on the challenge of trekking the world famous Inca trail to the sacred ruins of Machu Picchu. The four day trek includes 3 mountain passes at altitudes of up to 4,200m, finally reaching Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Gemma is using the trek as an opportunity to raise money for Sea-Changers and we were interested in understanding why she wanted to support the work that we are doing.
"I turned 30 at the end of last year and decided now was the time to start ticking things off my bucket list. As well as visiting Machu Picchu, one other thing on my list was to raise money for charity, so I chose to combine the two and join Global Adventure Challenges on this charity trek. Having grown up in Cornwall our coastline has always been an important and much loved part of my life. Following the recent increase in awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans I wanted to find a charity that is helping to tackle this and other threats to marine life. I first heard of Sea-Changers through an advert on Facebook and after doing some research into the projects they are involved in I decided it was the charity I wanted to support.
I have already received a great amount of support from family, friends and colleagues towards my fundraising. I am now working on organising a charity gymkhana and fun day and am approaching my place of work to hopefully arrange some fundraising events there and gain their support through their social media channels. Although I am so excited about the challenge ahead I am also very nervous, but knowing that I am raising money for such an important cause and that I have received so much support will definitely get me through any tough moments."
If you would like to support Gemma in her fundraising, please click here.